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  1. CARERS & EMPLOYMENT Professor Rosemary Chesson Health Services Research Group

  2. Carers & employment 1 in 8 carers combine work and care 250,000 working carers in Scotland 3 in 5 may be caring Peak age for caring between 45 and 64 BUT 1 in 5 give up work because of caring

  3. Action for Carers & Employment (Scotland) Partnership led by Carers UK ACE in Scotland includes: Carers Scotland Equal Opportunities Commission Association of Directors of Social Work Objective to produce a National Framework for Carers & Employment

  4. Policies 1999 to date n = 12 • Policy flexible working 11 main • Policy work/life balance 10 drivers • Specific ref. to carers 8(4) • Policy for carers 4 • Policies audited 6(5 review)

  5. Questionnaires completed by: • Statutory sector eg Highland Council, NHS Grampian, • Voluntary agencies eg Princess Royal Trust • Commercial sector eg Lloyds TSB

  6. Policies made known to staff • All regular channels • Intranet • Global e-mails • Team brief • Staff newspaper • Staff handbook/manual/guide • Booklet • Induction • Carers conference/roadshow

  7. Managers: guidance & monitoring • Written guidance 10 • Monitor 6 (1 yes & no)

  8. Information provided on….. • Carer organisations 8 • Carers pack 6 • Carers register 3 • Carer contact team 3

  9. Key elements of policy & practice • Provisions available to all staff • Flexibility • Culture of empathy & support • Carers recognised as having particular needs & organisation values their contribution

  10. What works well/not so well

  11. Critical for success • Line management • attitudes (buy-in) • flexibility • constant awareness raising • Developing partnership with staff • Staff need to be honest with managers • Respect for each individual’s circumstances (giving options) • Updating & reviewing policies

  12. Conclusion ‘We are very keen to look at how carers policies are working in practice and to learn from other organisations’

  13. Acknowledgements Carers Scotland All who replied to questionnaire